Indore is hosting its second-consecutive Ranji Trophy final    Chinmay Jawalekar (File Photo)
Indore is hosting its second-consecutive Ranji Trophy final Chinmay Jawalekar (File Photo)

As the final of Ranji Trophy 2017-18 began at Indore, it set an unprecedented record. This became the first instance in the history of Ranji Trophy, that two finals have been played in the same year. The final for 2016-17 season was held on January 10, 2017, while the final of the 2017-18 season commenced on December 29, 2017. Quite surprisingly , both games are being played at Indore s Holkar Stadium.

The Delhi versus Vidarbha final also became the earliest Ranji Final to ever start, eclipsing the previous record set by a good 11 days (10 Jan 2017). The current final is being played between seven-time winners, Delhi and first-timers, Vidarbha. Delhi were off to a poor start losing Gautam Gambhir and Kunal Chandela. Nitish Rana and Dhruv Shorey have carried the innings forward.

Vidarbha handed a maiden First-Class cap to Aditya Thakare. He so far has impressed one-and-all with his pace. Delhi have won the title seven times, the last being the 2007-08 season when they defeated Uttar Pradesh at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.